The Bluebell Centre is the new birthing unit at Warwick Hospital – we gave a donation of £225 from the money raised by providing teas and coffees at the flu clinics at Bertie Road Medical Centre last year. One of our members represented club at the opening of the new unit on Thursday 28th June.
She was very impressed by the whole unit which is separate to the main maternity wards in the hospital. It was very spacious and beautifully decorated and had a lovely calm atmosphere. The 4 individual rooms were very large in comparison with the usual size of hospital rooms each containing birthing pools and other equipment to assist in the birth. In fact the unit didn’t feel like we were in the hospital at all. In addition there is a large communal room which has catering facilities and small private garden area for those who need a ‘bit of fresh air’ outside.
The unit is designed for ‘low risk’ births and the first baby was born there on July 4th.
At the opening there was large display which recognised the individuals and groups who had made donations. Soroptimist International of Kenilworth & District was well displayed with a photo of last year’s President handing over the cheque apparently these will be transferred to a wall in the entrance hall as a permanent display. Even though our donation was fairly small in comparison with some donations of £3,000 and £5,000, all were recognised equally.
They are still fundraising as not all the equipment has been purchased as yet and so they would be happy to receive any small donation that we may be able to give in the future.